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Cora Scott Pond 1859 ~

 

Was born March 2, 1856, in Cheboygan, Wisconsin. Her father was born in Maine, and her mother in New Brunswick. She was a second cousin, on her father's side, of General Winfield Scott. Her father was a successful inventor of machinery and booms for milling and logging purposes, and one of the early pioneers in Wisconsin.

After her graduation from the state university she taught music, and at this time became interested in the woman's suffrage and temperance movements, and was invited by Mrs. Lucy Stone to help organize the state for woman's suffrage. Although intending to teach, she took upon herself this work, and organized eighty-seven woman's leagues in Massachusetts, speaking in public and raising money to carry on the work in that state for over six years.

In 1887 she organized a woman's suffrage bazaar, and raised over six thousand dollars. While teaching in the Conservatory of Music in Boston she contributed sketches of Shakespeare, Dickens and other authors. She originated a dramatic entertainment called the National Pageant, which she gave with great success for the benefit of the various societies of women in Massachusetts. She was intimately associated with Mary A. Livermore, and aided and assisted her in her Boston work.

Mrs. Pope traveled through the country, giving the National Pageant for local societies, and raised many thousands of dollars for charitable purposes. In Chicago, in one night's performance, given in the Auditorium, sixty thousand dollars were cleared. While here she met and married John T. Pope, who assisted her in her work.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.

 

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